JULY 2020

Shumla continues to make excellent progress in pursuit of our mission. We feel lucky to be able to move forward with our projects with relatively small changes to ensure our team's safety. We know many are struggling right now. We hope our happy news is a bright light in what may be a dark time. We have each of you in mind as we work. You are our dear friends and supporters.

We strive to preserve the rock art of the Lower Pecos, but we also strive to make you proud!
All the best from all of us,
Jessica Lee Hamlin
Executive Director

P.S. There's more "Coloring with Shumla" is included below. We're so glad you are loving it!
We can't believe our luck!

Emil Zuberbueler has returned to Shumla! He joins our staff as our new Development Coordinator.

His name will sound familiar because Emil used to serve as the President of the Shumla Board of Directors. Emil joined the Board in 2007. He served as Board Secretary until 2013 when he was elected President. He served in this position until 2019. His service reflects his heart for the ancient heritage of the Lower Pecos.
Emil grew up in Comstock, Texas, exploring the canyons of the ranch originally acquired by his great-grandfather, John U. Zuberbueler, and grandfather, Emil Zuberbueler, in the late 1800's. Like many who grew up around the rock art, Emil didn't realize until he was older how very unique the art really is. The more he learned, the more he wanted to be involved in the preservation and study of this treasure he and his family are fortunate enough to inherit and protect.

What is a Development Coordinator?

Shumla has grown a lot over the past few years. We've expanded our team, pioneered methodologies of rock art research and preservation, conducted ambitious projects, educated people of all ages and collaborated widely earning our place as a global leader in rock art research and education. We have plans for future growth, greater outreach and the expanded study and preservation of the oldest known "books" in North America.

As a non-profit organization, all our efforts are funded through gifts and grants from supporters and foundations who believe in our mission. "Development" is another word for non-profit fundraising.
As the world changes, we must equip ourselves to raise the funds we need to not only endure, but succeed and grow. Increasing and diversifying our fundraising will be Emil's focus full-time as our Development Coordinator !

Welcome back, Emil! You know us so well and share our passion for this mission. No one could be more perfectly suited to this role.
Trading in his Shumla hat for a Bobcat hat!

We shared in our May eNewsletter that Jerod is returning to Texas State University this fall to pursue his Masters in Anthropology. After nearly six years as a fixture on the archaeology team at Shumla, he will be greatly missed. We can't wait to see what he learns as he uses Alexandria Project data to unravel mysteries about the rock art of the Lower Pecos in his studies.

Good luck, Jerod! We miss you already!
We've preserved our 200th site!

Reaching the 200th site is a big milestone for the Alexandria Project. We don't take much time to reflect. We're always pushing forward. So, join us for a moment as we recognize what this means. 200 rock art panels, painted by ancient people to communicate, are now safely digitally preserved for research and enjoyment well into the future. Only 25 more sites to go to reach our Alexandria Project goal! Now, that's something to smile about.
We've reached another milestone too.
We are over halfway to our goal to raise $100,000!
We have a $100,000 Match Challenge on the table generously pledged by The Summerlee Foundation. We've raised over $50,000! Will you support us and help us reach our goal? Your gift of any amount will have double the impact!
Y'all love coloring with Shumla and we're so glad!

Today's figure, also from Rattlesnake Shelter, has been classified by Shumla as an anthropomorph based on attributes such as the full central body, arms, legs with digits, and round head.

Measuring about 150 cm in height by about 34 cm in width, this figure is adorned with a headdress that we classify as “rabbit ears”. We don’t think this motif is actually denoting a true rabbit's ears, that’s just what we call this type of headdress for classification and comparison purposes. Have fun coloring!
We've been so moved by the community surrounding and supporting us. Thank you for your notes, thoughts and donations. Your support allows us to continue our mission to preserve the ancient art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas.

Thank you from all of us at Shumla!
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